When Calls the Heart “Awakenings & Revelations” Review (Season 2, Episode 4)

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Now that Elizabeth has returned to Hope Valley it would seem that things are getting back to normal; that is until Charles Kensington arrived in town. He came to the small, former coal mining town because of business he has with the new saw mill owner Lee Coulter. How convenient that the company where he works (which just so happens to be owned by Elizabeth’s father, by the way) is doing business with the newest company to arrive in Hope Valley. That’s not ironic at all!

As any fan/viewer of the show knows, since the introduction of Charles in the fan favorite series When Calls the Heart, Charles is not only an old childhood friend of Elizabeth but also pretty smitten with her as well. That will, of course, continue to cause friction in the budding relationship Elizabeth has with Hope Valley Mountie Jack Thornton. And that kiss on the cheek, which Elizabeth bestowed on Charles as he departed town, isn’t going to help things at all. Granted a kiss on the cheek shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but in the time period for which the show is set, that is still considered a bit scandalous; and obviously unwelcome in the eyes of Jack.

Then there is the secretive relationship between Elizabeth’s sister Julie and Jack’s brother Tom. Julie was warned by her protective older sister to be careful, but that seemed to be the last bit of advice for which the young girl is taking. That little joy ride on her father’s “pride and joy” will, assuredly, come back to bite them both in the butt; and I would hazard a guess that whatever happens next in their relationship is going to create a ripple effect that will bring nothing but trouble for Elizabeth and Jack too.

I should also point out that one of the more interesting similarities in the show is the relationship between Julie and Tom and the relationship between Rosemary and Lee. Both women seem to have a powerful hold on each of their suitors, but where Julie is simply careless with her heart not to mention her father’s car, Rosemary is very focused on her career and, in essence, using her wiles on Lee; although I don’t think he minds at all what she’s doing. I have a feeling, however, that Rosemary and Lee will have the stronger relationship than Julie and Tom. What about you?

The other interesting development is the feelings that seem to be developing between Abigail and the new pastor Frank Hogan. Abigail may have written Bill off because of his white lie in regards to his presumed dead wife (who, as we all know, is actually very much alive and hopeful to reignite their marriage), but there is at least a small spark with the minister. Now whether that potential relationship will move forward is anyone’s guess, but it will certainly make for some excitement.

I would also like to address what I know are going to be big concerns for fans regarding the love triangle between Elizabeth, Jack and Charles. Every TV couple goes down this path. It is never popular with fans (i.e., the shippers) and it will last longer than is preferred, but it always happens. There is always a roadblock; but once the couple in questions gets around that obstruction, there is usually (not always) a happy ending. We just have to wait it out.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Do you like the direction of Rosemary and Lee? Have you felt any sparks between Abigail and Frank? How about that budding relationship between newcomer to town Luke and Abigail’s daughter-in-law Clare? What are your thoughts on Charles, Elizabeth and Jack? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of ‘When Calls the Heart’ will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, May 30 at 8/7c.

Series Leads:
Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher
Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton
Lori Loughlin as Abigail Stanton
Jack Wagner as Bill Avery

Guest Stars:
Pascale Hutton as Rosemary LeVeaux
Kavan Smith as Leland “Lee” Coulter
Marcus Rosner as Charles Kensington
Eva Bourne as Clara Stanton
R.J. Fetherstonhaugh as Luke McCoy
Mark Humphrey as Frank Hogan
Max Lloyd-Jones as Tom Thornton
Charlotte Hegele as Julie Thatcher
Ben Rosenbaum as Hickam